|Nikki Haley,South Carolina Gov.-elect, with her husband, Michael, daughter Rena and son Nalin|
Indian-American Nikki Haley of Republican party scripted history in US politics by winning the governorship of South Carolina, becoming only the second person of Indian-origin to be a Governor of an American state.
In the mid-term polls, Haley, 38, born of Sikh parents who migrated from Punjab, became only the second Indian-American to be a Governor of a US State after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; and also the first Indian-origin woman governor. The news was welcomed by Indian Americans.
Endorsed by US President Barack Obama, Indian-American Kamala Harris won the election for Attorney General of California. She will be the first woman to hold the office of Attorney General in California.
Six other Indian-origin candidates failed to enter the House of Representatives.
Haley received 52 per cent of votes as against her Democratic rival Vincent Sheehan who polled 46 per cent. A record number of six Indian-Americans were in the fray. Five of them were Democrats – Manan Trivedi from Pennsylvania, Ami Bera from California, Raj Goyle from Kansas, Ravi Sangisetty from Louisiana and Surya Yalamanchili from Ohio. Ashvin Lad from Illinois is the only Republican Indian American in fray.
Haley has served three-terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives where she represented Lexington County and was also the first Indian-American to hold office in that state.